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stock of information, until the day of and to all present, to be particularly trial arrived, which was to bring his careful how they swore away the life of ingenuity to the test.
an innocent person under a delusive The young man was first arraigned ; train of appearances. and, contrary to the 'expectation of his On hearing this unexpected stateprosecutor and of most present, who ment, the Court was much confused; had been informed of his penitence, the witnesses looked upon each other pleaded not guilty. The evidences with astonishment; the prosecutor was were then examined, and the facts were visibly agitated; and even the judge substantiated in the most unequivocal was confounded. Recovering, howmanner. The prisoner had no defence ever, from their surprise, the Judge, to make; and the only thing which was after some observations, ordered the now wanting to ratify his dooin, was the prisoner to be acquitted, and set at awful sentence of the Judge, which he liberty. In the meanwhile, the selfevery moment expected to hear pro- convicted felon was remanded, while nounced.
his indictment was preparing, with orAt this eventful crisis, an unusual ders to appear and take his trial on the stir was heard among the prisoners who ensuing day, for the offence which he had not yet been brought to trial. On had thus voluntarily acknowledged. making inquiry into the cause of this On being brought to the bar, when disorder, one of them desired that the the usual question of Guilty or not Court might be informed, that he had Guilty, was put, to the utter amazement something of importance to communi- of all present, he pleaded not Guilty. cate on the present occasion; and The astonishment which this excited, desired that he might be brought to the was scarcely less than that which his bar before sentence was pronounced on previous confession had produced. He the prisoner then on his trial. The was then reminded of the transactions intelligence being communicated, he of yesterday, and admonished not to was ordered to appear, and to state what indulge fallacious hopes of escaping jushe knew relative to the affair then under tice through the mere indulgence of consideration. This was just what he pleading, which the lenity of the laws wanted; and, having obtained liberty, allowed to persons who were accused of he addressed the Court in nearly the offences. following language:
Nothing, however, could intimidate “ It is with the utmost shame that him, or induce him to alter his resoluI acknowledge myself to have been, tion. He still persisted that he was not through a considerable portion of my guilty; adding, when addressing himlife, a most abandoned character. But self to the Judge, “ If you please, my my career of wickedness is now brought Lord, your own gaoler shall prove my nearly to an end; for I expect, very innocence.” On being asked to exshortly, to forfeit my life to the violated plain himself, he replied, If you order laws of my country. But, bad as I the gaol-keeper to look over his books, have been, I cannot think of permitting he will find that I was in gaol when this an innocent man to die for a crime of robbery was committed.” On searchwhich I have been guilty. I am the ing the books, it was accordingly discoperson who committed the robbery, for vered that he had actually been lodged which the prisoner is now arraigned; in gaol on the day preceding that of the and am the only person who ought to robbery, and his acquittal was the suffer for it. And to prove to the satis- inevitable consequence.-Of the issue faction of the Court that my confession of his trial for his own offence, no acis true, I will relate all the circumstan- count has been preserved. ces connected with the robbery." Having said this, he began a history of the whole transaction, and entered into all the minute particulars of the time, place, manner, and conversation, &c. It appears, according to some accounts with which the prosecutor and his wit- lately received from the interior of the nesses were well acquainted, and ap- United States, bordering on the Missispealed to them in their turns respec- sippi, that the whole of this gigantic tively for the truth of his declarations. race of quadrupeds is not yet extinct; And finally, concluded his account, with one having been recently seen in the a serious admonition to the witnesses, remote deserts stretching on the north
LIVING MAMMOTH IN AMERICA.
west quarter of the American continent. of divine love; and when it has boiled If these accounts are to be credited, sufficiently, pour it out into the dish of the Mammoth is not carnivorous, but discretion, and mix it up with thankslives chiefly on a particular shrub, which giving. Then sup it up with the spoon grows plentifully in the districts where of compunction, and wipe thy mouth it has taken up its abode. It is repre- with the towel of confession.Thus shalt sented as never lying down to take rest, thou wipe away and evacuate the multibut as reclining against convenient trees, tude of thy sins,"
thy sins," --Palæogr. Græc. where it finds repose. The Mammoth p. 507. which is said to have been lately seen, (Not one word of the blood of atoneis reported to be about fifteen feet ment!) high, and in other respects nearly pro portionable.
It has no horns, is apparently inoffensive, is covered with remarkably long hair, and rather bears a DURING the latter years of Mr. Pitt, resemblance in appearance to the wild when the demon of war was ravaging boar, than to the elephant.
the continent of Europe, and even threatening the inhabitants of this country with its tremendous scourge, the leading members of a certain corpora
tion made an offer to raise a volunteer MOUNT ATHOS, AND TRANSLATED corps, on condition that Mr. Pitt would FROM THE GREEK INTO ENGLISH,
give them an assurance, that they should
never be called to leave the country.Αδελφος τις απελθών εις Ιατρον, ηρώτησεν | To this offer and request, he gave
the κ. τ. λ. following humorous reply :
“I will A CERTAIN brother went to a physician, engage that they shall not leave the and asked him, whether he knew of any country, except in case of an invasion!" medicine by which sin could be cured? -The physician answered him and said, “ Yes, brother: know and bear that
ROCK OF TELEMACHUS. one of miraculous power may be found. This celebrated rock, which, deriving Go, and take the root of spiritual pover- all its importance from being associated ty, and the flowers of humility, the leaves with the name of Telemachus, was of patience, and the branches of prayer; thought, till lately, to have had no existmix them together, and pound them in ence but in the fictions of the poets, the mortar of obedience. Add to them and the eloquence of Fenelon, is said to a spoonful of holy thoughts; afterwards have been actually discovered. Its situput them in the saucepan of conscience, ation is stated to be in latitude 38 deand water them with the drops of Aow- grees 12 minutes south, and in longiing tears. Then kindle under it the fire tude 22 degrees east of London.
A MEDICINE USEFUL TO THE SOUL,
TAKEN FROM THE DESCRIPTION OF
The neat Amount of Duty on Paper, paid into the Exchequer for the years
under, and Drawback obtained in England, ending 5th January each year.
Year. Duty paid in Duty for England and Drawback for
Exports from Scotland.
England. £ £ £
£ 1809-10 372,167 32,350 404,517 1810-11 | 359,286 30,750 390,036 1811-12 381,197
419,647 25,206 1812-13 366,931
34,500 401,431 23,117 1813-14 | 385,218
28,600 413,818 27,785 1814-15 389,870 24,305 414,175 27,415 1815-16 439,215 32,450 471,665 25,324 1316-17 406,039 37,300 443,339 21,510 1817-18 375,269 40,000 415,269 20,568 1818-19 | 440,644 46,200 486,844 22,106
OF MR. BROWN FROM ST. DOMINGO.
INTELLIGENCE.- RETURN | inclined to establish schools, he seemed
exceedingly glad ; and informed them,
that nothing would give him more satisOn the evening of Sunday, March 14th, faction, than to facilitate any measures 1819, the Rev. Mr. Brown, who had which could be adopted for the instrucbeen sent as a missionary by the Wes- tion of the rising generation. He also leyan Methodists, about two years since, intimated, that it had long been his wish to the Island of St. Domingo, landed to place a school under the immediate at Liverpool, being driven from that auspices of government; and that he island by a storm of persecution. was happy to find men from England,
It appears, that some time previous to fully qualified for this important underMr. Brown's embarkation from this taking. country, a gentleman, who was at Port- Having obtained the sanction of the au-Prince, presented a Bible to one president, the missionaries found no difof the more respectable inhabitants of ficulty in procuring that of the subordithat place. From the favourable man- nate powers. They therefore immener in which this present was received, diately hired a room, and began to and from a train of concurring circum- preach in the French language. Their stances, he was inclined to think, that congregations at first were very diminua propitious opportunity presented itself tive; but after some months, the hearers for the establishment of a mission in the so increased, that they found it necesrepablican part of this large and popu- sary to provide another house. This lous island. His representations being was accordingly done; and it was not laid before the Missionary Committee, long before it became nearly filled with the opening appeared providential; and regular and attentive hearers. In the Mr. Brown, and Mr. Cats his colleague, meanwhile, the school, which had no embarked accordingly, and reached the connexion whatever with the mission, place of their destination in safety. was established at the expense of go
On their arrival, they were received vernment, and placed under the care with much politeness by the inhabitants; of the missionaries, who introduced the and, although their prospects of success mode of instruction which had been inin the establishment of a mission were vented by Lancaster. not equal to their expectations, they During the life of Petion, his word discovered nothing to deter them from was kept inviolably. The protection attempting to accomplish the great ob- he had promised shielded them from ject of their undertaking. Being in a every outrage; and about thirty memforeign land, and under the dominion of bers had been formed into a society, a power which had originated in the while the prospects of considerable adisland among its swarthy inhabitants, ditions appeared more and more conspithey thought it prudent to proceed with cuous every day. But the race of this the utmost caution, lest any advantage man was nearly run. About twelve might be taken of their indiscretion, months since he paid the debt of nature, which should ultimately prove detrimen- and a person named Boyer succeeded tal to their cause.
him in his office. Petion at this time was president of As preaching had now been establishthe government; and as no application ed both in Port-au-Prince, and in some had been personally made to him, a let- adjacent parts, Mr. Brown thought it ter was immediately written, stating the necessary to introduce, if possible, an. occasion of their coming, together with other missionary, as the attendance on the object which they had in view, and the school, and the supplying of every soliciting his sanction and protection. place with preaching, furnished more This letter was kindly received; and the work than two persons could convenireply which he returned expressed his ently accomplish. To obtain liberty opinion in terms of unqualified appro- for a third missionary, an application bation, accompanied with promises of was made to President Boyer; who, in support and favour, couched in the lan- reply, gave his full consent to the meaguage of grateful sensibility. The letter sure which had been proposed. This was written with much dignified sim- was in the month of June, 1818; and plicity; and contained a full and une- his letter was immediately forwarded to quivocal answer to every question which England. required his attention.
It was not long, however, before On finding that the missionaries were affairs appeared to assume a less plea
sant aspect; nor was it difficult to per-| tility arise, that, on one occasion, Mr. ceive, that a mine was preparing, which Brown was threatened with private asseemed to menace an explosion on some sassination; and this became the more future day. On one occasion, the mis. alarming, from its being too well known, sionaries were requested to visit the that this crime did not merely exist in president; who, on their arrival, ex- idle theory in this abode of vice. pressed a wish, that a native, whom he The reports, which were at first circunamed, might be instructed in the rou- lated in whispers, soon became audible tine of Lancaster's plan. To this they and general ; and the malignant spirit readily assented. He then, with some which followed the missionaries in the degree of abruptness, expressed his streets, soon found its way into their hope, that the letter with which he had places of worship. A favourable prefurnished them in the month of June, text, however, seemed wanting to call respecting a third missionary, had not outrage into actual existence; and it been sent to England. On being in- was not long before the enemies of the formed that it had, he appeared some- Gospel discovered an instance, which, what disconcerted, but made no obser- they conceived, would sanction their vation; and dismissed them.
designs. As the Catholic religion is that which Among the people who had occasionhas been established in the island, and ally attended the ministry of the miss which all professed to have embraced, sionaries, there happened to be a young prior to the arrival of the missionaries, man, who, in the former part of his life, many of those who attended their had been deranged; and in whose family preaching were considered as apostates this affliction seems to have been heredifrom the theology of their ancestors; tary; it being well known, that his while the men by whose doctrines they mother was in a state of derangement had been proselyted, were deemed the during the time of her pregnancy of primary cause of that heresy which seem him. This unhappy wretch, in one of ed to be rising among them. To check his wild paroxysms, seized an opportuits progress, and to prevent it from nity, and actually cut his mother's spreading further, several artifices were throat. For this crime he was taken invented, and many tales were thrown into custody, tried, found guilty, and into circulation. Among others, it was sentenced to be shot. To his state of whispered that the missionaries were insanity, no regard whatever was paid. spies, who held a secret correspondence In their penal code, the crime of matriwith Christophe, transmitting to him cide had been already determined; and occasional intelligence of such transac- no circumstance could mitigate the tions as, it was well known, were best punishment of death. On the day of calculated to provoke irritation. They execution, the culprit was conducted were also accused with instructing their to the spot, when three files of soldiers followers, in case some signals should were directed to fire. They did so; be made, to provide for their own safety, but the victim remained unhurt. A by retreating to the mountains. They circumstance so singular, awakened the were likewise reproached with preaching sympathy of the spectators, who beagainst the worship of saints,-against came clamorous for his liberation. But the profanation of the sabbath, - against this could not be granted. Nearly concubinage, -- and of charging with fifty men rushed upon him, and, with criminality, all connexions which took balls and bayonets, soon hurried him place, between the sexes, without mar. into eternity. riage.
This melancholy circumstance, with These heterogeneous accusations were all its effects and consequences, was all blended together, without any dis. immediately carried to the account of crimination; and the result was, that the missionaries; who were not only the religion which was taught by the accused with being the instruments of missionaries was thought, by nearly all, his derangement, but with being the to be less expedient than that to which primary cause of his death, and that of they had been long accustomed.' Re- his mother. Even the singular incident ports to their disadvantage soon spread of his being missed by three files of throughout the city and its vicinity, so men, who discharged their pieces at that they could not even pass the streets him, was attributed to their incantawithout being insulted: and to such an tions; and it was but fair to conclude, alarming height did this spirit of hos- that men who could instigate to murder, and half defeat the ends of justice, were, it is highly probable, that this would too dangerous to be cherished in this have been accomplished, had not some land of freedom.
respectable persons been present, who Assembling some time afterwards in assured the officers, that the accusation their place of worship, the missionaries was wholly unfounded. On receiving and their congregation were surrounded this assurance, the guards silently withwith a mob, who seemed to be insti. drew, without pretending to take any gated to some deed of outrageous vio- notice either of the mob that had been lence, by that principle of ungovernable collected, or of the soldiers who had fury, by which they were actuated. joined them. An officer, however, They did not, however, enter the room; shortly afterwards arrived; and by his but waited without, for a favourable entreaties, rather than his authority, moment to begin the assault. After a prevailed upon the multitude to disfew minutes, a person ainong them perse. A guard was some time afterexclaimed,—" Some person in the meet- ward placed round their habitation, to ing has thrown a stone at us.” This protect them. But this tended more to was the signal for attack. Vollies of increase than to diminish their danger ; stones, which had been previously col- as it was gathered from their conversalected, were instantly poured in among tion, that they would much rather be the people. Doors, windows, and par- employed in effecting their destruction, titions, were immediately assailed; so than in accomplishing their preservathat nothing but confusion and disorder, tion. accompanied with the shrieks of terror, It certainly would not be generous, and the menaces of brutality, could be without a sufficiency of reason, to trace distinguished in the blended tumult. this outrage to the instigation of any
As the government of this department particular set of men. But the fact is is perfectly military, they have no other unquestionable, that immediately after method of dispersing a mob than by the dispersion of the mob, the principal calling out the soldiers. Mr. Brown, aggressors were observed to repair to who thought both himself, his house, the houses of some priests; which sugand all who were within it, in a state of gests an idea, that their conduct was danger, repaired, in company with the not viewed with disapprobation. And president's secretary, to the command- it is furthermore worthy of regard, that ant of the troops, stating his complaint, although the principal actors in this outand imploring protection. He was rage were well known, and notwithreceived in a manner which was not standing the evidence against them was calculated to cherish his hopes that the unquestionable, yet no one was called storm would soon subside. The com- to any account for the transactions of mandant informed him, that he had the day, or even threatened with the been anwell, and had not been able to interposition of justice. attend parade that day, and that he Mr. Brown and his colleague had could not enter into the affair which now only one resource left; and this he had stated. But, on turning to the was, to make their appeal to the presisecretary, he inquired somewhat into dent, who was gone into the country. the nature and cause of the uproar; It was, however, impracticable for them and from his representation, a few sol- to preach under existing circumstances; diers were ordered to repair to the spot. and they had nothing to do, but to make On their arrival, they found the mob in out a statement of their case, to await much the same state that has been his return, and finally to act as events described ; but, instead of attempting to should determine. In the mean while, disperse them, they grounded their arms, although no outrage of any consequence and then joined them in their outrages. was repeated, because the mission
Scarcely had this portentous union aries had desisted from preaching, the been effected, before a small party of same spirit was distinctly visible; and the guards arrived, who instantly beset nothing but the avowed protection of the house, which was now closed, and the president could sanction them in the demanded an entrance. The reason resumption of their labours, but at the they assigned was, that information had risk of their lives. The moment, howbeen received, stating the people in ever, was at hand, that brought this the house to have been the aggressors, affair to its final issue. in consequence of which they were On the arrival of Boyer, Mr. Brown come to take them into custody: and waited on him, and stated his busine No. 1.-VOL. I.